3 Tips to Help Develop A Unique Music Style


One of the more rewarding parts of teaching music to young learners is seeing them develop their own style. Being a musician is much more than being able to play a few songs on an instrument - it’s able to convey your personality and individuality through music.

Understanding how to express oneself through music will give young musicians guidance and the determination to expand on their learning. The following article is designed to help young musicians discover and craft a sense of individuality in their playing. Regardless of your age or skill set, here are three tips for developing a unique music style.

Work on Your Communication Abilities

Part of defining your musical style includes being able to connect with your audience. When you’re performing in front of an audience, your ability to capture the audience’s attention and keep them engaged will allow you to experiment with what works and what doesn’t. Understanding your audience will take time, and it will take practice - stage fright is common when young musicians get up to perform for crowds; however, the fear and nervousness should subside over time.

Start small - practice performing in front of Mom, Dad and your brothers and sisters. When you feel comfortable in front of your family, perform for your friends. Practice walking out in front of a crowd, focus on your breathing, and remind yourself to perform at a comfortable speed.

Integrate Your Inspiration

There are many ways to develop a unique music style, and you can use your musical/artistic inspirations to help you. Consider your favourite types of music - do you enjoy softer music or loud, distorted music? Furthermore, is the music you listen to lyric-centric or do you prefer progressive or melody-based music?

Whether you’re playing another musical artist’s songs or writing your own, be mindful of the emotions you want others to feel when they listen to you. Furthermore, how do you want to convey your personality in your music - are you playing music for the audience’s enjoyment or because you like to do it?

Prioritize Practice and Never Stop Learning

The only way you’ll be able to develop a unique music style is to practice your instrument or your voice and never stop learning. The learning process is a never-ending cycle. There will always be new avenues to explore and new skills to master. Whether you’ve yet to study music theory or ear training, consistent practice, and training will allow you to reach heights that you may not have thought were possible.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about signing yourself or your child for music lessons, please contact Carillon Music Academy today.

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